Thorne Dreyer's guest is Bruce Dancis, author of the recently released "Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison during the Vietnam War." Dancis recently retired after a long career as a pop culture critic, including 16 years as the arts and entertainment editor of the Sacramento Bee. He lives in Orangevale, California, and Putnam Valley, New York.
Dancis grew up in a radical household and took part in the 1963 March on Washington when he was 15. He was a principal organizer of the first mass draft card burning during the Vietnam War; was an activist in the Resistance, a nationwide organization against the draft; and was president of the active Cornell University chapter of SDS. Bruce turned down a student deferment and refused induction into the armed services. He spent 19 months in federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky, for his actions against the draft.
Michal Kazan wrote that "Resister is that rare memoir by a 1960s radical that teaches as it enthralls... It is one of the wisest books about this era of conflict I have ever read." And Todd Gitlin said, "In his admirable memoir, Bruce Dancis, a hero of draft resistance, casts light from fresh angles on the movement's inner life... and the imprisonment that was a price paid for honor."
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